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Students are required to complete a First Aid Certificate, undertake a Criminal Record Check, provide evidence of vaccination history and submit a working with children check prior to commencing the placement component of this unit. In order to commence workplace learning outside of the University of Tasmania (including clinical placements and visits) students are required to demonstrate compliance with the Faculty of Health Science and School of Human Life Sciences policies relevant to workplace based learning. These include the Police Check Policy and Procedures, Infectious Disease Policy, Code of Conduct and Student Placement Agreement. Students who do not comply with these policies will not be placed or will be removed from placements and therefore will not be able to complete this unit. Students who have not complied or are unsure of the policies should seek guidance from the School.


This unit provides a structured introduction to the practical aspects of the clinical environment within a medical radiation department and to basic techniques in medical radiation science. You will be introduced to the techniques and instrumentation used in Diagnostic Radiography, Nuclear Medicine and Radiation Therapy. Diagnostic radiographic procedures considered are the radiographic techniques and protocols required for non-contrast examinations of the visceral structures of the thorax and abdomen, neck and bony thorax, and upper and lower extremities. It includes a structured clinical practicum in an appropriate medical radiation science department. During the semester, you will undertake a structured clinical practicum placement in an appropriate medical radiation science department and complete a portfolio related to examinations performed on clinical placement. The unit also introduces health psychology, with a focus on the effect psychology has on patient health, their health-seeking behaviours, adherence to treatment, and risk behaviours. You will assess strategies to mitigate psychological issues for patients in the context of medical radiation science practice.

Summary 2020

Unit name Medical Radiation Science
Unit code CXA201
Credit points 25
Faculty/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Health Sciences
Discipline Health Sciences

Dr Denis Visentin

Teaching staff

Dr Heather Bridgeman, Dr Imo Inyang and Tasmanian Health Service staff.

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No



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  • CXA212, CXA200, CXA202


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Teaching Pattern

Two hours of lectures/tutorials/seminars/practicals-for 12 weeks, self-directed learning tasks, practical experience and clinical placement (equivalent to 10 days)


Assignment 1500 words, Weight: 10%
Test or quiz 2 hours, Weight: 10%
Case Study 1500 words, Weight: 10%
Assignment 1500 words, Weight: 10%
Examination - invigilated (externally - Exams Office) 2 hours, Weight: 30%
Assignment 3000 words, Weight: 30%

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